Debra Carlin

August 06, 1950 ‒ March 25, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Debra Kay Carlin, of the Waterford in Mansfield, passed away March 25, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. She was 69.

Deb was born August 6, 1950, the daughter of Robert & Marjorie (Snow) Carlin in Mt. Vernon. She graduated from Clear Fork High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. Debra returned to her alma mater and taught 6th grade social studies in Clear Fork Schools for over 30 years.

Deb loved traveling to new destinations and having new experiences around the world. She visited 6 of the 7 continents and enjoyed over 50 cruises. She was a member of the Palmyra Church of Christ. Her kind and loving spirit will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Bob & Diana Carlin of Bellville; nephews Joel Carlin (Chelsea Hershner) of Gig Harbor, WA, and Zac Carlin of Bellville; great-nephew Carter Carlin; great-niece Rylee Hershner; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents.

The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is handling private services for her family including burial in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville officiated by Evangelist Troy Northrop. Contributions to Jefferson Twp Bellville Fire Department or Palmyra Church of Christ may be sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085 Mansfield OH 44904).

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  • To the Carlin Family,

    Our hearts go out to you, and our prayers go up to God, on your behalf. I’m still a bit stunned from hearing the news yesterday, that Deb had moved on from this life, to the next. She will be sorely missed by many…Family, Friends, Church Friends. I’m praying the Lord’s blessing on each of you, especially at this time.
    God always Keeps His Promises. For all who are In Christ, we have the Holy Spirit’s promise, as given to Paul, in Philippians 1, “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord” … “and, to be with Christ, is Far Better!”

  • My prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Deb was truly a wonderful person who left an imprint on my life. She will be greatly missed.

  • Saddened to hear the news of Deb’s passing…. Prayers of comfort are being lifted for you all. May God carry you through this time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. She was a teacher of mine MANY tears ago, and I remember her with much fondness. My prayers are for her family during this difficult time 🙏🙏❤️❤️Andrea (Pentz) Mathwich

  • Bob, Diana, Zac, Joel and Chelsie,
    Words cannot express the sadness we feel, along with your family ,with this sudden loss of Deb….I will always remember whenever I went up to the farm to visit , Deb always offering me “Tootsie Rolls”! 😊 She will be missed by us all, but as we all know, God must have needed her more… Let’s rejoice that she is no longer in pain and praise God that we will meet again one sweet day! Love and Prayers to you all!

  • So sorry for your loss. May God’s grace and mercy be over everyone who loved her & is missing her.🙏🙏🙏🌷

  • This truly saddens me, She was such a nice and sincere lady. My condolences to all her family and friends, God Bless

  • Dear Diana & Carlin Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember “Miss Carlin” from my Bellville days. She was one of my favorite elementary teachers. May your memories sustain you in your time of grief.

  • Bob and family, Sorry to learn of Deb’s passing. Praying for peace and comfort at this time. Dave & Nan

  • She was a sweetie and a joy to be around. She was always smiling and such a pleasant person. Was sorry when she was no longer able to be at church because I looked forward to seeing her.

    Many prayers for peace and comfort in the days/months ahead.

  • Bob and family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Deb’s passing. She was a classmate, former coworker, and good friend for many years. I am so thankful that several of her classmates and I enjoyed having lunch with her on her birthday in August. She will be missed.

    • So sorry about your lose Bob I can remember her an my brother Kregg taking me to the movies.

  • Just wanted to give our prayers and sympathy for the family she was such a wonderful teacher and a great friend Deb will be sadly missed

  • Sorry to hear of this news. I remember Mrs. Carlin when I was in 6th grade. She was the nicest and most soft spoken gentle soul. Thoughts and prayers to the family….

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Carlin was one of my favorite teachers that I ever had. She was always smiling and helping her students out whenever we needed it. She will be missed by many, many people.

  • Bob and Diana and family sending my Thoughts and Prayers she was such a great teacher I had her in 3rd grade she will be missed by many.

  • Bob and Diane I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked to see that Deb had passed. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry. You certainly have my deepest sympathy. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am so sad to hear of Miss Carlin’s passing. She was one of my favorite teachers in Bellville. Sending prayers to her wntire family.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Deb. She was a fabulous teacher and she touched so many lives in her time in the classroom. She helped me out so much my first year at Bellville. She traveled so much here on Earth. I can only imagine her travels in heaven. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss. Ms Carlin was definitely one of my favorite teachers growing up. You could tell teaching was what God gifted her to do! Prayers to the family during this time of mourning!

  • I was so sad to read the passing of Miss Carlin she was truly a great teachers. My condolences to her family at this time. Praying God comforts her family. She will be missed.
    Sincerely Henry an Debbie Levingston

  • Very sorry to hear this. She was a very nice person and a great teacher . Had her many years ago as a 6th grader, always eager to help anyone in need.

  • My sympathy to her family . She was a wonderful teacher and kind person . Vonda (Garrett)Gerbasi

  • Ms. Carlin was my homeroom teacher in 6th grade. I loved hearing stories about her to travels to Egypt. She was one of the sweetest and most patient people I have ever met in all of my 45 years. This world will be a little bit less bright without her light. She will be missed.

    Jason Davidson

  • I am so sorry to hear Miss Carlin has passed. She made the world come alive for me while in her class because of her travels. What a wonderful, kind soul, she will be missed. She tried her best to support the philosophy of cards teaching you math while we played poker at indoor recess. That was a battle we both lost!

    Stacy Manning

  • Bob and Diana and family,
    So sorry to here of Debs passing. You ate in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan and Janet

  • My heartfelt sympathy to the Carlin family. Deb was a natural born teacher, and she dearly loved teaching social studies. She enriched the lives of her students by sharing first hand experiences of her travels throughout the world. Deb had a kind and caring heart, a strong faith, and loved her family dearly. She touched the lives of so many people in the Clear Fork community, and her legacy will remain in the hearts of all who knew her. I will always treasure our time as colleagues at Bellville Elementary.

  • Bob & Diane, I am so very sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. She was an amazing, loving, kind and helpful lady as well as a wonderful teacher. She will be missed by many. I pray Gods love and peace for you as you travel this new journey.

    Vickie Oswalt

  • I am so sorry for your loss! Deb was one of my favorite teachers and then in my adult life a beloved fellow congregation member at Palmyra COC. Thoughts and prayers with all of the family through this difficult time.

  • My Deepest Sympathy!
    Miss Carlin was a wonderful person with a soul that matched.
    Fly High!

  • I am so sorry to hear of Miss Carlin’s passing…both of my children had her and loved her, she made her class so interesting, she was a great teacher….

  • We both were saddened to hear of Deb’s passing and know that you will miss her much. I still see her holding your young boys at church which brings a smile. How time does fly! Happy that she has now joined her parents in a place we all long to be some day. Sending hugs and saying prayers for your comfort in the days ahead. Take care and hope to see you sometime soon. Matthew 5:4 ❤️🙏🏼

  • My deepest sympathies go to the Carlin family, Miss Carlin was my homeroom teacher for 6th grade and I loved her ,she open your mind to a whole new world, I loved looking at all her pictures of her travels and all her stories, she was the reason Dr Seuss wrote the story ” All the places you will go”. I think of her every time I read it to my granddaughters. Every time I travel I think of her and how courageous she was to see the world. I wish I could have thanked her for giving me the gift that women can do anything and still have a kind and gentle soul.

  • Prayers to the family. One of the best role models I had growing up. Always had a positive outlook. Ready in peace ma’am.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Miss Carlin’s family. She was my 6th grade home room teacher. I loved all the stories she would tell of her travels and the giant pixie sticks she kept in the bottom left drawer of her desk. She will be greatly missed.

  • I had Miss Carlin for social studies in 6th grade. She was a wonderful teacher and one of my favorites. She made her class so interesting as she shared her travels with us and incorporated it into her lessons. She had a real passion for teaching and was such a nice person. My condolences to her family.

  • I am so sorry about your loss! She was a wonderful teacher. I always loved hearing her travel stories! She will be deeply missed!

  • Prayers sent to your family. She was such a great 6th grade teacher. She also taught with my mom for many years in Bellville. She surely will be missed by The Valley.

  • So sorry to hear of her passing one of my favorite teachers growing up in Bellville what a special lady she was

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you 🙏 May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May your memories always keep her close in your hearts.

  • I am so sorry to for your loss. Ms. Carlin made a huge impression on my life. Not only was she a great teacher but she ignited something inside of me. The love of history and travel. That is why I honored her as the teacher who made the biggest influence in my life when I was graduating from Clear Fork. I was so lucky to reconnect with her on Facebook and let her know that I was following my passion for travel by becoming a flight attendant. I was able to share photos of me in some of the same places she had visited. I haven’t made it to Egypt yet, but I will. And when I stand in front of the pyramids, I will think of Ms. CarlIn. Now I have someone to watch over me while I travel. Please find comfort in the memories you have and know that she will be remember fondly by me wherever I roam.

  • Thoughts and Prayer from our family to yours. My initial awareness of Deb was when I was walking into the Bellville school and spotted a beautiful Chevy Camaro. I asked one of the kids running around there who owned that car. He said :”…Miss Carlin and she gets a new one all the time”. Annual trips, Camaros, a great smile and a love of kids, that was a part of Deb Carlin. Her family, however, was the biggest part of her life.
    She will be missed.

  • Had Ms Carlin in the 6th grade in 1990. Always loved the stories that she was able to tell about her travels around the world. She was a great teacher and took social studies from the pages of textbooks and brought them to life. I appreciate the fact that I was able to have her in my life.
    With deepest sympathies!

  • This is sad news,
    Deb was such an interesting lady because of her travels, her love of books, and the fact that she treasured her family. My son, Jim, often told us she was the “ best” teacher.
    My thought and prayers are sent with love to her family.

  • Please accept our sincere condolences in the passing of your loved. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Such a beautiful video tribute.
    Tom and Rhonda Goeppinger

  • Dear Carlin family
    I am sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. Teaching with her was a blessing. She was my mentor and a friend. May the peace of Christ be with you all.

  • So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers going out to the family. Your mom was a wonderful person and teacher. She will be missed. Loved leaning in her class about the world.

    Deepest Sympathy

    Tammy( Spellman )
    Hildebrand and Family

  • I just this minute learned of Debbie’s death. I met her in 1959 when my family moved to Bellville and I entered 4th grade. Debbie was one of the students I had lunch with all the way through to graduation on June 4, 1968. I feel a piece of me has fallen off. So sorry for the loss. Debbie Carlin was a great friend and a super person.

  • Bob and Diana and family, My heart aches with the loss of a good friend. She was a wonderful person. Always so much fun growing up with her. I have many good memories –from meeting her on the playground in 1st grade to roller skating to Chinese fire drills on the way to sporting events, to many sleepovers and slumber parties. She and your mom were always so good to me, taking me places and being such good examples, I will miss her. May God send you strength and comfort at this sad time.

  • Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to all of Miss Carlin’s family. I (Laura Hull), had her for a teacher in the 6th grade. One of my favorite teachers. Her real life experience with the countries she taught, brought enthusiasm and excitement to the classroom. One of my best memories during this time was our project building a pyramid out of popsicle sticks, it opening in the center and showing the chambers inside. Her passion for the subject she taught coupled with her heart for adventure, made her one of the best teachers I have ever had in my almost 35 years of schooling. 🙏🏻 🙏🏻 🙏🏻

  • My deepest sympathy to Miss Carlin’s family. I will always remember her as a kind, patient and caring teacher. She was truly one of the best teachers I ever had. I remember her sharing stories about her many adventures and I will always remember her driving her red Camaro. Miss Carlin was awesome and she will be missed.

  • I was so saddened at the loss of Deb. I was lucky enough to ride Deb’s bus to school, graduate with her, and teach with her at Bellville. I was glad I was able to be with her to celebrate her last birthday at Waterford. She will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • My condolences to the Carlin family. I am glad that we were able to help her celebrate her birthday in August. I didn’t see her too often, but we had a good time watching Ohio State play while we were in physical therapy in 2016.

  • Sympathies to the Carlin family. Deb was a high school classmate to me, she was a wonderful person. She obviously touched many lives during her stay on this earth. Her soul soars high now!! May the Lord bless her family with peace at this time of loss.

  • So sorry for your loss.
    My kids both had Miss Carlin, whom they respected and learned a great deal from her. I enjoyed the parent teacher conferences and talking with Miss Carlin about her travels.

  • Bob, Diana & family, We were so saddened to hear about Deb. Will always remember her up on the hill mowing grass for your Dad, watching her drive her endless fleet of Camaros and wondering what great adventure she had planned for her summer!! She lived her life her way and was a blessing to many!! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m so very saddened to learn of the sudden loss of Miss Carlin. I have fond memories of her 6th grade class – her intelligent, kind, calm manner of teaching. She inspired a life long love of history for me. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to her family.

  • So sorry for your loss .I have fond memories of her I’d my time spent at Pal. She had a wonderful voice. May she rest in Peace

  • So sorry to hear about Deb’s passing, Bob and Diana and family. God grant you peace and comfort knowing she’s with the Lord!

    Much Sympathy,

    Morgan and Marla Dague

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    I was saddened and shocked to learn of Debs’ death. I too remember her from years at Pal. She was always so sweet and kind, and smiling. Loved her family and I send my deepest sympathy and many prayers to them. The tributes above show how much she was loved and admired. I like thinking she and Marjorie, her loving mother are united.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time 🙏

  • Loved the way she taught. I aced her class because of it. I’ll never forget the way she had us take notes with a projector.

  • Dear Bob and Diane, I am so sorry to hear about Deb who was truly a lifelong friend. The memories are too long to list – Marcia Knuckles caught many of the most memorable ones – those slumber parties where we walked to the spooky cemetery down the road from her house, noon time euchre tournaments during high school, raucous rides to away games, our fun times at Ohio State together, and the lunches we shared in Bellville before my mother passed away. She was a hard one to keep up with–we had lunch only when she wasn’t off on a cruise which happened several times a year after she retired!! As a testament to how often she travelled, since we have lived in Cincinnati for almost 30 years, I ran into her quite by surprise on four different times at the Cincinnati Airport – she waiting to catch a flight to somewhere exciting or waiting to catch a flight back to Bellville. I was there picking up our kids from their various high school and college adventures, and she was thrilled to meet them and find out all about them. She loved students whether from Bellville or beyond–it’s clear from all the tributes that she was a Super Teacher just like my mom. I visited at The Waterford and felt so gratified to hear her say that she was so glad that she travelled so broadly during her healthy years and had no regrets as her cancer and mobility problems overtook her. And was there ever a more devoted daughter and sister and aunt? She loved you all so much and talked about you every time I saw her? Your loss is almost ineffable, I’m sure–she was one of the kindest and cheeriest and self-actualized people I have ever known. It was a life superbly lived. My deepest sympathy and love to you .